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Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Dark Florals, Neck Bows and the Accessory that Couldn’t Hold On

03/28/2014 at 04:40 PM ET

Trend report: dark florals, neck bowsSipa; AP; Getty

In our weekly roundup of the looks that are gaining fashion ground (and the ones losing their style street cred), we saw some super-romantic prints, unusual new neckwear and statement jewelry that wasn’t making as much of an impact this week.

Up: Dark Florals. As Miranda Priestly says (sarcastically, of course), “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” But we bet even she would be surprised by this twist on the classic look. White is no longer the canvas of choice, replaced instead by a contrasting darker hue, as Maggie Gyllenhaal (left) demonstrates in her Dries Van Noten midi. Kristin Davis, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and America Ferrera also eschew the sweetness-and-light floral prints for something a little darker. Now that the pattern has gone from sweet to edgy, we can be sure that some of Hollywood’s tougher girls will be wearing this trend soon enough.

Up: Neck Bows. When it comes to menswear, you don’t want the outfit to look like it was pulled right out of your boyfriend’s closet. That’s why you add feminine elements: a cropped pant, heels or an overall slimmer fit. But this week the leading ladies have found a new way to bring a woman’s touch to a masculine ensemble. Nicole Kidman (center) wears a small delicate bow on her blouse but Emma Stone and Ashley Benson opt for versions that make more of a statement. With these three big trendsetters now rocking the look, you know we will see other celebs following (wait for it) suit.

Down: Hand Cuffs. Though it seems like this trend was just taking off yesterday, now the only cuffs we can find on the red carpet are on the ears of our favorite celebs. Lizzy Caplan (right) holds on to the trend with a thin silver bar, but it feels a bit out of place among the other ladies who have stacked their fingers full of rings.

Even more red carpet trend reports:
Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Extreme Prints, Bold Jackets and Saying Bye to Black Nails
Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Menswear-Inspired Outfits, Pastels and the Clutch You Should Just Let Go
Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Snakeskin, Collared Dresses and the Need for a Fresh New Neckline
Red Carpet Trend Report: The Scoop on Big (and Baby) Bows, Underwear as Outerwear and the Pumps to Put Away

–John Soper

See all the latest from the red carpet here!

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Guest on

In the words of Miranda Priestly and the Devil Wears Prada, “Florals for Spring….Groundbreaking.”

AJ on

Maggie Gyllenhall isn’t a pretty woman anyway but that dress makes her look all of 75 years old. All she’s missing are the pearls and granny bag.

babyduck on

Maggie Gyllenhal is fug. She must be a decent actress because she is downright homely.

Gg on

Maggie gyllengall is not attractive and she always looks like an old lady. She could try and fix herself up a little.

Denise on

I used to think Maggie Gyllenhaal was so cute but she isn’t doing herself any favors with that dress. She looks miserable, and her cheeks are starting to sag like a dog’s. Not cute anymore.

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